Fight the Flab was invited by the excellent PDR Lindsay of http://www.writerschoice.org (have a look!) to do this Next Big Thing Blog thingy. It requires answers to ten questions she sent. Here they are:
What is the title of your book?
100 Ways to Fight the Flab – the Wannabe Guide to a Better Bottom
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I take the credit for coining the term “Writer’s Bottom” – the lardy backside you get when you sit on it too long cos you’re penning your masterpiece. I wrote a chapter on the syndrome in my first how-to book: Wannabe a Writer? As it’s the section of the book readers seem to mention the most, I thought it might be fun to expand on my dietary and fitness advice. It’s probably not quite what your doctor or nutritionist would have in mind, involving as it does, crisps, wine and chocolate, but I look at it this way – I ingest vast quantities of all three and am not morbidly obese. So it must work.
What genre does your book fall under?
Mind and Body? Emphasis on the rear end.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Dawn French (pre her own diet) and Robbie Coltrane for the “befores” and anyone very thin and gorgeous (not that the above two aren’t!) for the “afters”
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Flab-fighting for those who still want chocolate
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is published by Accent Press Ltd who did my other Wannabe Books. At the moment a short version is available on Kindle. A full-length print version is planned for the end of the year.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The short version? A week. I didn’t move from the computer and put on two pounds as a result! ha ha
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
“How to eat everything in sight but still, miraculously, manage to fit into one airline seat”
By Hugh Jars
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See above. The top occupational hazard of being a full-time writer and the need to keep my own derriere in check.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
When you’ve read it, you can enter a fab competition to win a writing course in the Dordogne. See here. Tho brace yourself – you will see pictures of my bottom too….
Now we have to suggest someone else to answer these questions too – if not five people. Come on – who’d like to? Leave a comment with your blog link and we’ll come and read the answers.